July 31, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
We don’t often cover very many live wallpapers here on the XDA Portal. You may think that wallpapers are just wallpapers, and there is nothing special with them. Well, you are right for the most part. However, sometimes you might be proven wrong, and we think that this is one of those cases.
If you are a Web developer or a graphics designer, you’ve certainly heard of and possibly used hexadecimal color codes. This system is a positional numeral system with a radix, or base, of 16. It uses sixteen distinct symbols, 0-9 to represent values zero to nine, and A-F to represent ten to fifteen. For instance, black in hexadecimal is #000000 while white is #FFFFFF.
XDA Recognized Contributor Chromium came up with rather unexpected idea and made a live wallpaper that changes its colors to match the hour in hexadecimal colors. As result, your screen will differ every single second. The clock is visible all the time as well, so you don’t need additional widgets to know the actual time. HexaTime has a few features that let you change the look of the wallpaper. You can adjust the clock size, its font, and even change the alignment to suit your mood.
Using hexadecimal colors in such way is rather innovative, and surely fits the minimalist style of many users’ home screens. You can give your screen some color by visiting the HexaTime Live Wallpaper thread. If you have ideas to make it even better, go ahead and check the code on Github and make your contributions.
When your home screen feels dull and boring, it most likely means that your wallpaper needs to be changed. Your wallpaper is quite literally the centerpiece of your Android home screen, so keeping it fresh and in sync with your theme can be quite challenging.
There are applications like 500 Firepaper by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire that change the wallpaper automatically, but some of you might prefer to do this manually. A great alternative was created by XDA Forum Moderator rwilco12. His app is essentially a gallery of nearly 1000 high resolution images of many categories. The app lets you select a wallpaper from one of ten color categories.
All images are stored within Rwilco12′s app and automatically refreshed when a new content becomes available, so users don’t have to download new wallpapers on their own. It’s worth mentioning that all images available in the application are safe for work and contain no nudity. The developer plans on adding many interesting features, which should be available pretty soon.
This application can completely change the look of your home screen, and the whole process takes less than ten seconds. You can find the Wallpaper Gallery in the application thread, so give your phone some love and give this app a shot.
February 6, 2014 By: Tomek Kondrat
Have you ever spent time trying to figure out which wallpaper to use on your computers? The Internet offers almost limitless possibilities of great wallpapers, but wallpapers can just as easily become tiresome if you stare at them for too long. Some time ago, we had a pleasure of talking about 500 Firepaper by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire. The main goal of that application was to change the wallpaper regularly at predefined intervals.
The Bitmado project by XDA Forum Member rden.april does things a little differently. Instead, it relies on the community to upload, rate, and select wallpapers. Bitmado is a great solution for those who want a new wallpaper every time they unlock their devices. The application streams wallpapers in high quality, so they look good even in highest resolutions, and the app uses a unique system of “mados,” which are community-powered wallpaper categories that users can create or follow.
If you feel that your home screen is a bit boring, and if you would like to have a new wallpaper every time you unlock your device, Bitmado is definitely for you. More information about the project can be found in the application thread.
February 3, 2012 By: Ian Stacy
XDA Senior member Metastable, creator of Epic Audio Visualizer, has done it again. You may remember a story in August here that followed Metastable as he developed a Deadmau5 inspired music visualizing live wallpaper. An interesting read for developers and Deadmau5 fans alike, the original thread (here) spawned a Daft Punk themed demo (here) and now a Skrillex version joins the mix. Metastable’s live wallpapers are music-reactive renderings of artists stage setups.
Electronica is known for spectacular light shows, and Skrillex’ dubstep performances are no exception. Designed by Sensory Sync, Skrillex’ rig is one of the biggest and most advanced out there. Metastable’s wallpaper is an excellent recreation and it responds to all your favorite music seamlessly. He plans to add more effects and LEDs to his emulated light show later. From the original thread:
Hey, XDA, been awhile and I had gotten some request for this. I finally have it in a condition that I think is worthy of a beta release. The major parts are finished, it’s now just a matter of adding visuals and ironing out any bugs that may come up.
Check it out and enjoy, let me know what you think.
Screenshots don’t compare to seeing this live wallpaper in action. Check out the release thread here to get it for yourself!
Our tireless search for new themes and ways to personalize our devices will never stop. Some looking for abstract images, others wanting animals and so on. The variety is endless and the only thing matters is to have that original theme on your expensive toy.
We noticed the thread made by our XDA friend the0ne, presenting a good collection of themes for your Windows Phone 7. You can find two sets, one including wallpapers with a transparent effect, and the second one without the transparent effect. (Note that transparency does not work on Mango.) And you can find a variety of themes such as Superman, Minimalist Superhero, Pokemon, and many more.
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Originally posted by the0ne
NEW Wallpapers for WP7 also avilable via the Windows Phone App
New Series are out Game of Thrones
You can also download them using the app, link in signature below
Wallpapers without Transparent Effect : : Forza 4 , Superman , Minimalist Superhero Wallpapers for Windows Phone , pokemon Wallpaper windows phone, Emoticon Series , GlenNZ Funny Wallz, vladstudio wallpaper, Minimalist StarWars Wallpapers
Transparent Wallpapers ( will NOT work on MANGO ) : Transparent Wallpaper Collection with Batman Arkham City Wallpaper , Cartoon Transformers Wallpapers , Transparent WP7 Transformers Wallpapers, True Blood Wallpapers , Harry Potter Wallpapers for Windows Phone
Continue on to the collection thread
August 15, 2011 By: Ben Elliott
XDAer Metastable‘s Epic Audio Visualizer collection of sound-receptive live wallpapers has been enjoyed by many users since its release back in June. Correspondingly, Metastable has added several new wallpapers since, along with bugfixes and various optimisations across the wallpaper collection.
Recent additions include Falling Object, Laser and Galaxy style visualisations. As with some of the stock Android live wallpapers, these have been designed to respond to changes in audio output from the device – expect to see the pattern change as a song your phone is playing progresses.
Epic Audio Visualizer is available in both free and paid versions, although the free option does not include all of the features from the paid collection. If you’d like to see more, visit the project thread.
Metastable, creator of the Epic Audio Visualizer live wallpaper collection, has recently decided to share some of the knowledge behind the developer’s ingenious creations through a thread in which the steps of creating a new live wallpaper are detailed.
While designing and creating a live wallpaper reproduction of Canadian musician Deadmau5′s current concert set, Metastable thought the XDA community would be interested to know what really goes into masterminding an example of one of the most popular cosmetic features of the Android platform.
By following the thread, users can read the code that is required for various effects and observe the direct outcome of tweaking such information. Also included are screenshots of the work-in-progress and notes on what the developer plans to do next – expect to see updates to the post as Metastable makes more progress.
If you (like myself) are interested in software development but do not know enough to create your own projects, following a build thread such as Metastable’s could be a perfect start.